Posted: Monday 26th March 2018

The Institution of Civil Engineers has launched a set of route maps for professionals working in sustainable drainage systems (SuDS), providing comprehensive guidance on SuDS delivery.

Sponsored by ACO Technologies plc and produced by ICE’s SuDS Task Group, the eight detailed route maps cover the key phases of SuDS delivery, showing the main tasks involved from pre-planning through to adoption and maintenance. They provide live links to further resources, including regulations, guidelines and case studies.

Chair of the ICE SuDS Task Group, Dr David Smoker said:

“The nine members of the Task Group – drawn from planning, consultancy, academia and local authority – have worked extremely hard for 18 months to produce these route maps, and we’re delighted with the results. Even though the regulatory context for SuDS is not yet ideal in any of the regions of the UK, we look forward to seeing more professionals able to achieve SuDS delivery as a result of our route maps.”

The route maps were produced following a survey of practitioners undertaken by the ICE SuDs Task Group last year. The survey of over 400 professionals revealed difficulties in finding examples of best practice and other relevant information. Over half of respondents (52%) said that there are not enough UK examples of best practice while 45% stated that information is too disparate and difficult to find.

Consequently, the majority wanted more resources, with 65% reporting that they’d find case studies valuable while 56% wanted a route map that drew together the most current, available resources.

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